ZEDOARY

OTHER NAME(S):

Amomum zedoaria, Cedoaria, Cetoal, Curcuma Sauvage, Curcuma zedoaria, E-Zhu, Essence de Zédoaire, Gingembre Bâtard, Herbe à l'Estomac, Huile de Zédoaire, Indian Arrowroot, Kachur, Kua, Rhizome de Zédoaire, Round Zedoary, Sati, Shati, Temu Kuning, Temu Putih, White Turmeric, Zedoaire, Zédoaire, Zedoaria, Zedoarie Rhizoma, Zedoary Oil, Zedoary Turmeric, Zedoary Turmeric Oil, Zitwer, Zitwerwirtzelstock, ZTO.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Zedoary is a plant. The underground stem (rhizome) is used to make medicine.

Traditional methods for preparing zedoary involve washing it with lots of water to remove most of the protein and water-soluble nutrients. The rinsing is also supposed to remove a poison that is yet to be identified.

Zedoary is used for stomach pain, loss of appetite, indigestion, as a mosquito repellant, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

There is not enough scientific information available to know how zedoary might work for medical conditions. Zedoary has not been studied in people. It has only been studied in animals or in test tubes. Some of this research suggests that zedoary can act like an antibiotic. It also might repel mosquitoes.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • High cholesterol. Early research shows that drinking tea prepared with zedoary root lowers total cholesterol and may increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol in men with high cholesterol. More research is needed to confirm.
  • Anxiety.
  • Cancer.
  • Cough.
  • Fatigue.
  • Improving appetite.
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia).
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Stress.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of zedoary for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if zedoary is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if zedoary is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take zedoary if you are pregnant. There is concern that it might cause a miscarriage.

It's also best to avoid zedoary if you are breast-feeding, since there isn't enough scientific information to know how it might affect a nursing infant.

Abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods (menorrhagia): Some experts suggest that zedoary should not be used by women who have heavy menstrual periods.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for ZEDOARY Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of zedoary depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for zedoary. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Champakaew D, Choochote W, Pongpaibul Y, et al. Larvicidal efficacy and biological stability of a botanical natural product, zedoary oil-impregnated sand granules, against Aedes aegypti (Diptera, Culicidae). Parasitol Res 2007;100:729-37. View abstract.
  • Gupta SK, Banerjee AB, Achari B. Isolation of Ethyl p-methoxycinnamate, the major antifungal principle of Curcumba zedoaria. Lloydia 1976;39:218-22. View abstract.
  • Kim DI, Lee TK, Jang TH, Kim CH. The inhibitory effect of a Korean herbal medicine, Zedoariae rhizoma, on growth of cultured human hepatic myofibroblast cells. Life Sci 2005;77:890-906. View abstract.
  • Lai EY, Chyau CC, Mau JL, et al. Antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity of the essential oil of Curcuma zedoaria. Am J Chin Med 2004;32:281-90. View abstract.
  • Latif MA, Morris TR, Miah AH, et al. Toxicity of shoti (Indian arrowroot: Curcuma zedoaria) for rats and chicks. Br J Nutr 1979;41:57-63. View abstract.
  • Matsuda H, Ninomiya K, Morikawa T, et al. Inhibitory effect and action mechanism of sesquiterpenes from Zedoariae Rhizoma on D-galactosamine/lipopolysaccharide-induced liver injury. Bioorg Med Chem Lett 1998;8:339-44. View abstract.
  • Pitasawat B, Champakaew D, Choochote W, et al. Aromatic plant-derived essential oil: an alternative larvicide for mosquito control. Fitoterapia 2007;78:205-10. View abstract.
  • Robbers JE, Tyler VE. Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals. New York, NY: The Haworth Herbal Press, 1999.
  • Syu WJ, Shen CC, Don MJ, et al. Cytotoxicity of curcuminoids and some novel compounds from Curcuma zedoaria. J Nat Prod 1998;61:1531-4. View abstract.
  • Tariq S, Imran M, Mushtaq Z, Asghar N. Phytopreventive antihypercholesterolemic and antilipidemic perspectives of zedoary (Curcuma Zedoaria Roscoe) herbal tea. Lipids Health Dis 2016;15:39. doi: 10.1186/s12944-016-0210-y. View abstract.
  • Wilson B, Abraham G, Manju VS, et al. Antimicrobial activity of Curcuma zedoaria and Curcuma malabarica tubers. J Ethnopharmacol 2005;99:147-51. View abstract.
  • Yoshioka T, Fujii E, Endo M, et al. Antiinflammatory potency of dehydrocurdione, a zedoary-derived sesquiterpene. Inflamm Res 1998;47:476-81. View abstract.

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